Saturday, June 8, 2019

Super Rugby Round 17 WRap

Super Rugby Round 17 WRap
6.7-6.8: By the Numbers
 home wins @ Crusaders, Jaguares, Reds, Stormers
 road wins by Brumbies, Hurricanes  
drawn scores: Highlanders v Bulls

Round 18 yet to go and all conference champions have been determined and the fourth, and final, home quarter-fixture host is known as it may have been for some time to some.
With all else having a match to go, NZC Crusaders, whose league competitive campaign is complete, have sorted home matches throughout the playoffs, or until they lose, by their estimable victory on the RugbyDay. Hurricanes nailed the open home quarterfinal with their win on the High Veld; Auckland is definitely out of the extra time clock’s frame.

AUC champ is smoking Brumbies as that Mob have well-sorted the competition in the southeast and are the hottest club in the Southern Hemisphere.

The other club all fuego-fuego is Jaguares, who schooled the once vaunted Sharks at home to take the South African Conference title.

2             trys for Highlanders 15, Josh McKay, 2 trys, too, for 11, Waisake Naholo, but only 2 conversions by 10, Josh Ioane, and home team were ahead 24-14 heading toward the hour mark, but a true sticksplitter by 10, Handre Pollard -100% on 4-from-4 from the floor- and a grounding by Bulls replacement 2, Jaco Visaje, made for drawn scores in Dunedin with 24-24 the numbers; 2, too, the number of drawn results for Los Toros in their last brace of results;

6             points to the good at halftime for Blues became -1 by the end of ‘80 and Reds and Blues played their second to last matches of the 2019 campaign with Reds on top, 29-28;

10           try Crusaders reduced Rebels at the AMI, 66-0, and in the process put their guests extra time chances in unseemly peril; homeboys double handful of groundings came from hat-tricks by 14, Sevu Reece, his wing partner, 11 Brayden Ennor, and braces by 15, David Havili, and 12, Ryan Crotty;

25           the halftime deficit that Waratahs were unable to recoup and Brumbies rode 28-3, midpoint advantage to a 35-24 result; 10 for travelers 10, Chris Leali’ifano, on the conversion of all 5 Mob dots; Aussie Giants are more than likely out of the additional action frame due the loss;

1             brace of dots by relief number 2, Dan Coles,  in the second stanza (his last at ’76 for the bonus point), and another pair by powerhouse 14, Ben Lam, paced Hurricanes over Lions at Ellis Park, 37-17;
8             the halftime advantage made an even baker’s dozen after ’80 and Stormers did the requisite on SunWolves at Newlands, 31-18; double for home team’s relief 8man, Will Massyn; two, too, for ‘Wolves 15, Semi Masirewa;

5             trys for the Jaguares back-three backs: a single for 21 years old 11, Santiago Carreras, and braces for 14, Sebastián Cancilliere and 15, Emiliano Boffelli, and the South Americans have clinched the South African Conference topspot with a fixture yet in their cards by 34-7 victory over Sharks at José Amalfitani in Buenos Aires;
Chiefs on the bye

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